Tourism and Transport Forum has today welcomed the Labor team’s commitment to the Tourism Industry in the lead up to next month’s Federal Election.

Labor’s strategy will include $95 million in grants to improve infrastructure around existing tourism attractions, $30 million to expand the range of tourism experiences in individual regions and $25 million for Tourism Australia to get more international visitors to Australia and showcase our beautiful country to domestic tourists.

Speaking about today’s funding announcements Tourism and Transport Forum Chief Executive Margy Osmond said, Labor has clearly been listening to the needs of Australia’s tourism industry.”

“The proposed investment will allow tourism businesses to create new experiences, improve service quality, to better access to regional areas and allow the industry to further promote their own businesses directly on the worldwide market.

“This weekend the industry was able to trumpet government statistics which showed domestic tourists spent $72.2 billion dollars in Australia, up an amazing 13% on 2017 statistics.

“Tourism is one of the country’s most successful industries but in order to continue this incredible momentum we need to see long term commitments and today’s announcement confirms that Labor recognises just how important this sector is when it comes to a strong economy,” Margy Osmond said.